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To PAC or not to PAC - tried both

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Hi everyone.
Long time no post - I'm living in Mackay at the moment and so my Z rarely comes out of the garage.

ANYWAY....
When i replaced my factory headunit with an aftermarket model I did some reading and and noticed that there were a lot of recommendations for the PAC unit and a lot of people saying that it wasnt needed as long as the replacement unit had RCA outputs at 4V. Being the cheapskate that I am, I found an RCA wiring loom and facia adaptor package on ebay for a bargain price and decided to go down that road. 

It worked. Sure i might have had to hack up the back of the facia adaptor with a steak knife to make it fit and sure I swore a lot trying to get everything back in the way it came out but it worked and at the time, i called it a win.

HOWEVER...
Months passed and It just never seemed to sound as good as the factory unit did. I thought i was imagining it but there seemed to be far more distortion and far less 'punch' than i remember. It wasnt as loud either but since i am more about the quality i turned a blind eye to that. I tried tweaking every setting that there was to tweak and was just never quite satified with the sound quality.

Today, my PAC ROEM-NIS2 arrived. I wanted to give it a go. I wanted to know if it was any better.
I'm a perfectionist and i like getting all the wiring properly bound and bundled and routed so that there is a zero chance of anything failing in the future, so it took me a good few hours. The PAC unit isnt exactly small and there is almost no free space behind that dash as it is, so I ended up re routing the stock audio loom to the space under that white box that the aircon controls plug into, installing the PAC there and the running the wires from the PAC back up to the rear of the headunit behind the white box.

What an improvement!
After having used both i can say to anyone wondering that there is just no competition between the PAC interface and just a regular RCA loom. Definitely buy the PAC. Totally different sound. The punch is back!

 

 

 

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Have you got any photos of your install?

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Have you got any photos of your install?

I had to blur the screen so you couldnt see my terrible taste in music or background wallpapers!

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